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When I was teaching high school, I built 45 minutes of silent reading into class each Friday. It was easily the best day of the week. Between this, my 30-minute one way commute, and two years of married life with no TV, I’ve read a lot of books. If you want to see my complete list, with ratings, you can find me on Goodreads. Meanwhile, though it is hard to pick favorites, the following are my first recommendations as must-reads. Check back often. I’ve been labeled a bit of a book snob, and I don’t often run across a book that truly resonates with me, but when it does happen, I’ll add the book here.